The Unreasonable Advantages of Deep Learning

Machine learning is becoming the tool of choice for analyzing text and image data.  While traditional text processing solutions rely on the ability of experts to encode domain knowledge, machine learning models learn this directly from the data. Deep learning is a branch of machine learning that like the human brain quickly learns hierarchical representations of concepts, and it has been key to unlocking state-of-the-art results on a range of text and image classification tasks such as sentiment analysis and beyond.

In this session, we will show the impact of a deep learning based approach over NLP and traditional machine learning based methods for text analysis across key dimensions such as accuracy, flexibility, and the amount of required training data.  Specifically, we will discuss how deep learning models are now setting the records for state-of-the-art accuracy in sentiment analysis. We will also demonstrate the flexibility of this approach by showing how the features learned by one model can be easily reused in different domains (e.g., handling additional languages, or predicting new categories) to drastically reduce the time to deployment. Finally, we will touch on the ability of this method to handle additional types of data beyond text, e.g, images, for maximum insight.

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